What is the Retro Lifestyle?
It’s a lifestyle that reflects elements of a time that’s past. Now, what constitutes retro for a 20 year old can vary greatly from a 60 year old. But for most, retro represents the time period between the 40's and the 70's. It's a throwback to a simpler time, almost an age of innocence.
For me, a culmination of several elements helped shape my retro world.
Being a musician and a saxophonist, I'm very aware of the audio part of retro. So along with the vintage fashions and black & white images, I think of the 40’s and the beginning of "Bebop" with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker and then the “Cool Jazz” movement of the late 50’s with Paul Desmond, Chet Baker & Gerry Mulligan.
Being a young lad during the 60’s I was enthralled with the intrigue of the spy life of James Bond and other secret agent characters that were emerging in pop culture.
Then of course from this was the lure of the Bachelor Pad and Hugh Heffner’s Playboy Mansion with the martini culture and of course the background/mood music that set the stage for all the festivities.